On Monday, November 24, 2014, crews from Flourtown Fire Company (6), Barren Hill Fire Company (29), Spring Mill Fire Company (45), Fort Washington Fire Company (88), Oreland Fire Company (700), and Wissahickon Fire Company (7) responded to a commercial building fire at the Washington Towers Apartments.
Fire Marshall (FM) 32 arrived on-scene at approximately 12:48pm, and reported a medium smoke condition in the lower level of the building. Shortly, thereafter FM 32 assumed command, and a second alarm was struck after reporting a fire in a basement apartment of the four-story structure by 29 Command three minutes later.
The bulk of the fire was knocked-down within minutes, and the fire was placed under control at 1:02pm.
Flourtown’s Engine 6 stopped by at the historic (and recently restored) Springfield Mills located along the Wissahickon Creek on the Bloomfield Farm property of Morris Arboretum to clean out the mud and muck that has collected around the mills turbine. The mud had clog up the turbine due to recent heavy rains. Firefighters Greg Fasold and Craig Michelbacher pulled the 1.75″ hose line to blast the turbine.